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Sam Mendes Likely to Return for 'James Bond 24,' Awaiting Final Script Before Making Decision

Upon completion of Skyfall, Sam Mendes had said numerous times that he probably wouldn't be doing another Bond film. That may all be changing though as the Daily Mail is reporting that Mendes is "75% of the way towards doing it."

Last October, Skyfall writer John Logan agreed to return to pen the 24th Bond movie. At the time, he had mentioned that the film would link with James Bond 25 in a two-part story. A few days after that revelation, Daniel Craig shot down that rumor (no pun intended).

The two-part sequel was indeed on the table at one time, but Mendes wanted no part of it considering it would take up almost four years of his time.

Mendes is currently working on a stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and will be following that up with directing King Lear for the National Theatre in January 2014. The earliest he could start on the next Bond movie would be Spring 2014.

That makes the earlier rumored release of James Bond 24 in November 2014 somewhat unlikely and could push the film into an already jam-packed 2015 movie year which features Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, among several blockbuster releases.

Mendes is currently awaiting a final script before making his decision as to whether he'll helm the next Bond film or hand the reins off to another director.

Would you like to see Mendes return and have the release delayed into 2015 or would you like another director to come on board and bring Bond back in 2014?

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